goat people. I would love to have some of you post great hints for the upcoming breeding season. Such as good places to find buck services. What the general cost of buck services are or if the buck owner is entitled to some of the kids. For this year my goal is to get milk from 1 doe. But I was considering getting 2 does pregnant so one doe could provide most of the kids milk. Goat formula is costly.
Also it looks like hand milking is not going to be a big favorite thing around here. So I'm also welcoming all recommendations for a milker that would work quickly enough for at most 3 goats. Next year I would have 3 goats of milking ages.
Battery powered milker pumps are the way to go! Mine is from eBay, coopsnmore is the seller but its not currently listed. Its exactly like this one:
The video shows you how it works. Sure saves your hands, I have some arthritis and can't hand milk anymore. I can milk in about 10 minutes with the pump.
I have my own buck, so don't have the challenge of finding one.
American dairy goat association is an option. There may be a listing for stud services or AI.Your breeder can help you on the Nubians to find an unrelated quality buck also. If you want your Oberhasli to breed true, I know of 2 local bucks here, one is north Anderson (Jami Sumner) and her new herdshire is unrelated to your doeling.. the other is @jsummers just east of pendleton in Markleville, also unrelated. Her buckling will be of age by late winter. Jami may be able to help you locate an Oberhasli buck closer to you, her herd is registered, and goats seem to be her passion. My buck, Bocephus, came from her original herd. Her new buck is from Ohio (flat out stunning gorgeous buck too), and is not related to her older buck (Bo's father/Ice creams grandfather). Its best to not linebreed if possible, but can be desirable if working towards quality and you own a good line. When linebreeding, you want to skip a generation if possible. Sophie's best quality IMO is her petite size, so your lil doeling may inherit that. If you want to contact either of those buck owners, neither are active on our thread, just pm and let me know.
I have marked that auction. It looks like that is much cheaper than the hand model others have suggested to me. Someone actually suggested a commercial styled miniature version of a cow pump, including a giant metal milk storage area costing well over $1,000. While I don't have arthritis, I'm thinking the pumps are cleaner. No way for bugs to fly into the jar like there would be if I was using a pail.
I did join the ADGA, but I'm not that great at using their member directory search system. I have an email into a Nubian goat owner from the Indiana Dairy Goat Association. I guess i can call him if I don't hear back soon. The breeder I got my goats from said she did not offer stud services due to the bio security risks. I'll give her a call soon too.
As for the Oberhasli, I don't think she will be in heat until at least March. I do plan to get breeder info from you then. No need to mix the breeds, over all I'm for breed improvement, not just getting a kid. That is one reason I'm having trouble with my nubians. there was a random person at the feed store that offered to bring his boer stud over. But that is not really what I want. Sure it would get me the milk but most likely I would be stuck selling the kids for almost nothing, maybe not even enough to cover the stud fee.
I have an awful problem. I have at least 5 birds sick with something. They all have different symptoms though. Some I can hear wheezing and they he has a gooy yellow discharge coming from one nostril. Two others are just lethargic and have crusty eyes, to the point they can not open them, and another is just very lethargic, doesn't want to move or anything, but isn't showing any kind of symptoms, and most of them have an awful smell and their feathers are matted where they tuck their heads in their wings to sleep. I have them all separated and have been treating them with warm VetRx head soaks and Terra-Vet in their water. (I have actually been feeding the water to some of them manually, because they do not seem to want to drink. Mister Polish (the one that was wheezing ) seems to be doing better this morning, but the ones with crusty eyes I'm not sure. I'm I doing the right thing. I can't stand the idea of having to cull these birds, I have watched my polish Roadrunner grow from a chick. Is there anything else I can do????? And also what in the world would have caused this? I have not done anything different with the birds, except change their bedding and cleaned their coop a few weeks ago. I have not been around any other chickens but my own and I have not introduced any new birds. I am at a total loss at to what caused this. Can any of you guys help me PLEASE??????
Sounds like it might have come from wild birds or the new bedding.